New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that terrorism is the biggest violation of human rights. In order to fight cross border terrorism, cross border cooperation is very important, and for this Interpol is the best platform.
Shah said all countries must agree on the definition of terrorism and terrorist, Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement stated.
Shah said this during his address at the closing session, of Interpol’s 90th General Assembly, organized in New Delhi during the 75th year of India’s independence.
Today, terrorism is a global problem and it is very appropriate that it is the first and most important of the 7 global policing goals of Interpol for the period 2020-2025, he added.
Over the last 100 years, Interpol has become a very large and effective platform, comprising 195 countries, that has been playing a very important role in controlling crime across the world, he said.
India is one of the oldest members of Interpol. It joined Interpol in 1949, Shah said.
The criminal justice system is not something new for India. Whenever the concept of ‘state’ was introduced, policing must have emerged as the first responsibility of the state. The security of its citizens is for any state, its first responsibility, he said.
In order to control criminals, a justice system is a necessary aspect of any effective and successful governing mechanism. It is only justice that can ensure good governance in society, he added
The Indian government has established the National Forensic Science University.
The key pillars of criminal justice that form the ICJS (Inter operable criminal justice system) e-courts, e-prisons, e-forensics and e-prosecution have been linked to Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and systems (CCTNS), he said.
The Indian government has also decided to create a national database on crimes such as terrorism, narcotics and economic offences. It has established the Cyber Crime Coordination Center to combat cyber-crime in a comprehensive manner, he added.
“Today crime has become borderless, and if we want to stop this kind of crime and these criminals, we all have to think beyond conventional geographic borders,” he said.
On the one hand law has to enforced within the confines of the sovereignty of nations,
On the other hand, we have to understand the global nature of crime, detect criminals and worry about justice as well.
In the midst of these challenges, to make the work of security agencies easier, the role of Interpol is very important and will become even more important in the future, he said.
The commitment to fight terrorism together, and narratives such as good terrorism, bad terrorism and small and big attacks, do not go together, he added.
“We cannot consider this a political problem. We must all be committed to ensuring that an effective fight against terrorism should be long term, comprehensive and sustainable,” he said.
India is committed to working with Interpol to fight all forms of terrorism and to provide technical assistance and human resources.
“We have seen in many countries that the Interpol nodal agency and the counter terror agencies are different. Given this situation, in order to fight terrorism, we will have to bring together all the counter terrorism agencies of the world,” Shah said.
“In this regard, I request Interpol to launch an initiative to set up a permanent mechanism for a real time information exchange line between counter terror agencies of all member countries,” he said.